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What are home measurement services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a listing
A home measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that reliably reflects market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and attributes of the property before and after touring. Contact Hill Appraisal Associates, LLC today to learn more about our floorplan services.